Messi Sees First Barca Red In 3-2 Defeat To Athletic Bibao
Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time playing for Barcelona as Athletic Bilbao stunned the Catalans to win the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, a dramatic final finishing 3-2 after extra-time.
Moments before Bilbao’s momentous triumph was confirmed, Messi threw an arm at Asier Villalibre, who had earlier scored a 90th-minute equaliser in normal time to deny Barca victory.
Antoine Griezmann‘s double looked to have sealed the trophy but Villalibre intervened before Inaki Williams‘ fabulous strike three minutes into extra time proved decisive.
Messi shook off a thigh problem to start in Seville and was required to play all 120 minutes as Barcelona attempted to take the game to penalties.
Instead, the 33-year-old lost his temper at the end of a combative contest, reacting to a late challenge from Villalibre by chasing and raising his hand to his opponent.
It meant a first ever red card in 753 appearances for Barcelona, to go with his two reds for Argentina in 2005 and 2019.
He could now be banned for at least four domestic games, with Super Cup suspensions carrying over to league and cup matches.
After the match Villalibre celebrated by playing the trumpet for his team-mates on the pitch.